Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities Network
  • 26% of Africa's population (244 million) has a piped water connection on their premises.
  • Africa has 9% of global freshwater resources, but 15% of the global population.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over a third of the world's 884 million people who still do not get their drinking water from improved sources.
  • Almost 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa relies on a water source that is more than 30 minutes away from the household.

The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network

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The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network is an exciting new dynamic, interactive and dedicated pan-African network for African local governments and their associated institutions engaged in all aspects of the urban water cycle (water supply, sanitation, storm and wastewater management). AWASLA provides a unique platform enabling local governments to exchange knowledge and good practice, consider emerging challenges and innovations and explore collaborative action. All towards seeking a paradigm shift for more sustainable, resilient and equitable urban water and sanitation practices in Africa.

AWASLA aims to:

  • Promote knowledge exchange
  • Enhance capacity
  • Empower Advocacy 

AWASLA is open to all local and sub-national governments, and their associations in Africa, committed to achieving more sustainable and effective urban water and sanitation management practices in African cities.

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“Africa is a rapidly urbanising continent. This presents the continent with enormous challenges among which include provision of adequate basic services such as water to the growing populace. However, cities and urban regions within the continent harbour great potential to lead and be innovative in planning for resilient and sustainable water service provision into the future.”- Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLGA
 
 
 

African cities are growing at 3.9% annually, the highest in the world, and existing water management systems cannot keep up with the growing demand. Demands are expected to quadruple over the next 25 years. Concerted efforts are needed by decision-makers to find innovative solutions in order to address the existing backlog in respect to water and sanitation services whilst extending their infrastructure to serve new developments.

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  • Launch of the LoCS4Africa Highlight report and video
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    We are proud to release the LoCS4Africa 2017 Highlights report and Congress video

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    We are proud to release the LoCS4Africa 2017 Highlights report and Congress video. The report is packed full of photos, and features strategic Congress outcomes and key initiatives, a centrespread on the Ekurhuleni Declaration on Water and Sanitation for Cities, a range of quotes from delegates and a summary of the AfriAlliance Launch Conference.

    Download the report here and watch the video here.

  • AfriAlliance and VIA Water sign MoU to increase cooperation
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    Breaking news from the AfriAlliance project, which ICLEI Africa is proud to be a partner in, connecting networks on water and climate change. Today, AfriAlliance and VIA Water met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU signals a commitment by both initiatives to increased collaboration on innovation in the African water sector. AfriAlliance and VIA Water are pleased to release the following joint news item.

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    Today, AfriAlliance and VIA Water met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU signals a commitment by both initiatives to increased collaboration on innovation in the African water sector. AfriAlliance and VIA Water are pleased to release the following joint news item.

    Africa is one of the regions most in need of innovative solutions for water problems. The water sector is facing enormous challenges due to climate change and population growth. However, a lack of water-related skills and institutional fragmentation are a major obstacle in Africa to address these challenges. AfriAlliance and VIA Water both are knowledge platforms promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing to generate concerted action for water innovation.    

    The major thrust of the newly signed MoU is to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between AfriAlliance and VIA Water in the field of water innovation in Africa. To achieve the MoU’s objectives, both initiatives agreed to disseminate each other’s outputs, to share mutually beneficial contacts and information, and to contribute to or participate in each other’s events.

    The signing ceremony included AfriAlliance project director Dr. Uta Wehn and VIA Water programme manager Ms. Titia Wouters. The MoU represents an important milestone in the relationship between the two initiatives, which are both hosted by the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. 

    Ms. Titia Wouters: “Although we operate at different scales, VIA Water and AfriAlliance share many common goals and ambitions and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the African water sector."

    Dr. Uta Wehn: “I look forward to a fruitful relationship whereby AfriAlliance can offer the VIA Water innovators the opportunity to showcase their innovation at one of our Innovation Bridge or Road Show events.”

    Find out more about VIA Water: www.viawater.nl. Or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!

     

  • Winners announced!
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    We are proud to announce the three winners of our SURe Water 4 Africa project Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Competition: Bulawayo, Lusaka and Walvis Bay.

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    We are proud to announce the three winners of our SURe Water 4 Africa project Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Competition: Bulawayo, Lusaka and Walvis Bay.

    As winners of the competition, these three cities were awarded the opportunity to jointly develop a CBA of their city with the assistance of leading industry experts. The analysis will focus on the costs and benefits of adapting to or neglecting to adapt to climate change. 
    The SURe Water 4 Africa project aims to improve integration and planning for urban water and sanitation in the context of climate change, through the development of local action plans, and also to investigate the costs and benefits of implementing such adaptation options at the local level. As such a key output of the project is the development of three Cost Benefit Analyses (CBA).

    The CBA includes a cost-benefit analysis of action, i.e. an analysis of the cost of adapting to climate change; a cost-benefit analysis of inaction: i.e. an analysis of the cost of not adapting to climate change; and a prioritisation analysis of proposed adaptation actions. The CBA covers institutional capacity, hard and soft infrastructure, and community initiatives.

    The six proposals received from the SUReWater 4 Africa cities were of an extremely high standard, and the panel which was tasked with choosing three winners had the unenviable task of identifying which three cities best showcased their commitments to sustainable and climate resilient development. Ultimately, the cities of Bulawayo, Walvis Bay and Lusaka were selected to undertake the CBA. Watch this space for more exciting developments as the study gets underway.

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